From the King County Newsroom: King County's Best Work Places for Waste Prevention and Recycling 2016 Award
"Commitment to innovation, cutting waste and saving resources are common traits among a diverse group of 112 businesses – along with their inclusion to the King County Solid Waste Division’s 10th-annual “Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling” list.
“King County businesses are doing a lot to lessen the impacts of climate change by reducing waste,” said King County Solid Waste Division Program Manager Karen May. “We want to ensure businesses get the recognition they deserve for their efforts and inspire others to take action too.”
Companies that have made the list five years in a row are recognized with an Honor Roll designation. This year, 24 businesses joined the “Best Workplaces” list for the first time, and 54 businesses received the Honor Roll designation.
The organizations on the 2016 Best Workplaces for recycling list implemented innovative ways to reduce waste and increase recycling.
Last year, businesses and institutions in King County sent more than 276,000 tons of recyclable materials to the landfill.
All businesses operating in King County outside of the City of Seattle are eligible for the list. To qualify, businesses must meet five basic criteria, as well as 10 additional waste reduction and recycling criteria. To learn more, visit www.kingcounty.gov/recyclemore.
To learn more about the program, contact Karen May at 206-477-528 or firstname.lastname@example.org."
Twelve Baskets Catering, based out of Kirkland, remains on the list of Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year. As one of the first earth-friendly restaurants and catering services in Puget Sound, they are proud to say that they have been recycling since 1978, even before curbside collection was available. Twelve Baskets Catering infuses reuse, reduction, and recycling throughout their business model. Food scraps go into compost totes for bi-weekly pickup, and the business also donates safe leftover food to the Union Gospel Mission every week.
The business’ waste prevention and recycling practices have definitely led to savings and reduced costs. They have been printing on paper less and less each year, and in addition to saving money on paper and printer ink, they have also been able to get payments more quickly from clients because they use a digital online signature company. It is easier for clients to digitally sign the contracts and everyone now has access to the contract digitally. They have also saved money by switching to longer lasting light bulbs.
Advice to others: "In the food industry there can be the potential for a lot of waste. Nowadays there are so many options for biodegradable and even edible food service products, but they can be even cheaper than their non-compostable counterparts! We have found our clients to be not only receptive to these items, but also pleased to be a part of the green scene at their events. We also provide appropriate compost or recycle bins at our events for the guests to use. We can be creative with our menu and service options and help our clients choose packages and service ware that is good for the Earth."
When Kim and Shannon from the PNW wedding podcast, Fom Ring to Veil, invited us to be on their show, I was a little nervous! I'm not the type who enjoys public speaking 😉 But since I got to be on the podcast with my dad and Twelve Baskets owner, John Bagge, it was so much fun and we're grateful to have been a part of it! Kim and Shannon made it super easy and great - their blooming podcast is a wonderful tool and resource for anyone getting married or planning a big party.
Our episode just aired today and you can find it on their website or subscribe on iTunes to get each new episode and never miss a tip!
You can also follow along on From Ring to Veil's Facebook or twitter for help planning your big day!
-Jaffrey Bagge, Marketing and Social Media Manager for Twelve Baskets Catering
Our owners' daughter, Jodi Bagge, was married last year at the woodsy and natural Woodland Meadow Farms wedding venue in Snohomish. After a beautiful ceremony where guests surrounded the couple in a circle, the entire wedding party loaded into a tractor drawn antique trailor and played instruments and sang songs to the bride and groom while the wedding guests drove caravan style down the country road behind them to Dairyland for the reception waving hand-made ribbon batons from their windows. The whimsical feel of the day was captured beautifully by Green Ginger Photography and we are honored to share the feature on Green Wedding Shoes wedding site here.
Banquet Cook (part to possibly full time and seasonal )
Twelve Baskets Catering (strictly off-premise) and Executive Chef Phil Collins are seeking to hire talented Banquet Cooks. This position will be a mix of AM and PM shifts preparing and finishing both hot and cold menu items. Candidates with experience in “from scratch cooking” who are detail oriented , reliable, fun to work with, and have a desire to work and learn from a highly trained and skilled executive chef should apply today.
The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years line and banquet cooking experience in a busy mid to upscale from scratch kitchen, will be culinary driven and dedicated to their craft, and will work hard with a sense of urgency while having fun in a team environment. Hotel cooking, banquet cooking and a culinary school degree are a huge plus. This is a part time position with flexible hours along with potential growth opportunities for the right candidate. Full time possibility for the right person.
Related skills needed:
Proper Kitchen procedures and organization knowledge
Work in a team atmosphere
Strong knife skills
Understanding of from scratch cooking
Can read and speak English
Entry level understanding of pastry and desserts (not mandatory)
Fish cookery knowledge +
Meat cookery knowledge +
Knowledge of Gluten and Dairy Free cooking +
Curious and inspired by food and creating something special
Culinary driven and want to take our catering clients experience to the next level
Seasonal and On-Call Event Staff
We are looking for quality seasonal on call event staff for serving, bartending, and a few lead event captains to work our off premise weddings, social and corporate events. We are looking for team players that are friendly, outgoing, hard working, efficient and who really care about the guests and clients. We are a regional top ten award winning catering company located in Kirkland but we work all over the Seattle Metro area.
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